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is in a big mess? mr. reid. harry reid. the guy who called americans evil. >> mike allen, tell us about this. i was reading the las vegas review journal. i'm heading out there this weekend. >> reading the metro section? >> a few meetings. tell us about harry reid. i was reading these polls in the paper. tell us about it. >> forget about harry reid. i want to know why you're going to las vegas? >> it's a long story. >> it's research. willie goes to vegas. >> willie, do you have any openings for interns? >> not at present. we'll talk off line. >> the senate majority leader does have a problem down by double digits against the potential challenger danny tarkanian. he's down against another challenger, the state republican party chairman. and joe will recognize the danger of this number right now. incumbent leader, one of the most powerful people, maybe the most powerful person in the senate, his approval rating back home, 37%. >> wow. >> that's the number george w. bush could laugh at. >> that is unbelievable. all right. >> is danny tarkanian the tark's son? >> yes. how could he not win? >> and
, harry reid, un-american, nancy pelosi runs the house, talking about fascist tactics, at least the democrats talking crazy are running washington, d.c. our people are talking about death panels aren't elected. >> the republicans who are elected clearly or not making enough good noise. >> you know what, let's just call them out right now. let's just do it. since i lovemaki making everybo. tim pawlenty has a responsibility to distance himself from death panel talk. yesterday, we had the chairman of the gop, michael steele, a guy i like very much personally. the next time he believes whether the legislation has death panels in it. he needs to say, no, it does not. the virginia governor, he needs to come out and distance himself from nancy pelosi saying that these tactics are un-american -- >> we tried with michael steele yesterday. >> i'm just saying, there's all of this uncontrolled rage out there, i think leaders of both parties have to be called on the carpet and distance themselves from the crazy rhetoric that's out there, whether it's coming from nancy pelosi or harry reid ca
and senate majority leader harry reid are planning to use a crisis as an excuse to declare martial law. it's all part of socialism. >> they have one agenda, that's socialism. i call it a steamrolling socialism being driven by nancy pelosi, harry reid and fueled by barack obama. actually there's a history of that. why would a government ever use a crisis to consolidate power and put military on america's streets? oh, yeah, you're right, there is a history, just not in democratic administrations. scaring your town hall seniors with threats of socialism and martial law? that's fear mongering "psychotalk," congressman. >>> and the congressman who proposed the end of life passage of the bill joins me to set the record straight right here on "the ed show," next. plus or panel will respond to my commentary on the christian faith and moral obligation to deliver health care in this country. that's next up here on "the ed show." bicycle, what are we waiting for? the flowers are blooming. the air is sweet. and zyrtec® starts... relieving my allergies... 2 hours faster than claritin®. my worst sympt
with president obama, majority leader harry reid vowed to press on even in the face of this opposition. >> the american people want health care reform and we're going to do health care reform. in spite of the loud, shrill voices trying to interrupt town hall meetings and just throw monkey wrench into everything, we're going to continue to be positive and work hard. >> health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. secretary sebelius, let's take a look at what you encountered in pennsylvania this weekend with senator arlen specter. >> that's a lie! >> secretary, i have to tell you, i went to some of those kinds of town meetings when i worked with senator moynahan, never encountered anything like that. did you expect this? any hint this planned sabotage was out there? >> well, we had had a town hall meeting a couple of weeks ago with four cabinet secretaries in louisiana. and had some similar folks show up with very similar statements and very similar arguments. so it was clear that this is kind of a nationally driven campaign. we knew that something was different in philadelphia
changes. the white house would be able to -- does not get removed in advance. the spokesman for harry reid says democrats have not reached a decision yet, but did say, quote -- just today, mitt romney arty, work together with the middle of his party, republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having a government take over insurance. >> joining us now, chuck todd. what's going on right now, the president trying to address democrats, trying to get them more energized, how's that going over? >> well, look, i mean, this is not new. the white house has said this for months they would do this. saying look rk they're going to get a bill whatever it takes and if republicans are at the table, fine. if they're not, fine. they'll go another way. they have the votes to do that. i think part of the strategy using the budget sort of way to go around the rules a little bit was the negotiating ploy to keep republicans at the table, keep them negotiating a little bit. i'm fascinated what's going to happen tonight. there's the gang of six is going to be having a conference call. fi
, why is nancy pelosi and harry reid trying to kill them? folks, these people are over the top. and they're not grasping the situation. they are easily led. and it's scary. they're being fed lies by right-wing radio. they're being fed lies by right-wing talkers on television and they're playing the fear card big-time. and they're basically depending on these people to go out and do their dirty work. now this is all about a massive misinformation campaign. and the president spoke to it this weekend. >> so let me explain what reform will mean for you. and let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia or cut medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. that's simply not true. >> here's where it's coming from. sarah palin. she's playing around with her facebook account on friday and put this garbage up on her site. the america i know and love is not the one which my parents or my baby with down syndrome will have to stand in front of the obama's death panel, so the bureaucrats can decide based on the subjective judgment of their level o
reform bill was his number one priority. i hope harry reid will insist it's the number one priority. if the republicans decide to filibuster, let them filibuster. let the american people see what they're about, just opposing anything that representing progress. >> and speaking of filibuster, do you think the american people right now have fallen off the wagon with president obama if he doesn't, you know, play that hand. i think it's the liberal base getting shaky. your thoughts? >> my thought is we were elected to lead, not to follow. the american people want us to get out in front. even if they are hesitant to follow us, they put their trust in us. and the democrats were given a majority and president obama mandated to get health care reform done in this country. this is our opportunity. and we ought to put the polls aside. if we get it done, you know, the rewards will be to follow. the american people will realize we took risks, he took a lot of risks, but he got him done and he serves their interest. i know they'll re-elect him if he gets this done. joe madison, good to have you
language here. on the liberal side, nancy pelosi calling protesters un-american. harry reid calling opponents of health care evil mongers. nadler saying fascist. pelosi calling insurance companies "the real villains." the conservative side, sarah palin saying obama's death panel down right evil. chuck grassley saying every right to fear death panels. a congressman from georgia saying this is a steam roller of socialism. john boehner last month saying government-encouraged euthenasia included in the health care plan. we heard that echoed from newt gingrich as well. >>> pat buchanan, the splilness in this debate just escalating, now you have nadler talking about fascism. >> let me tell you, i just did a column and i have polls out. this is insanity on liberal democrats. 64% of moderates say the protesters are behaving appropriately and 40% of democrats say that. and by almost two to one, people who know about the protesters identify with them, not against them. joe, there's a story today about a congressman in the neighboring district, congressman boyd. he held three town hall meeting
obama knows it yet. i don't know whether harry reid knows it yet. i don't know if the american people know it yet. it's going to have to be a democratic bill. it will have to be through reconciliation. i believe, if barack obama puts the hammer to the democrats, sure, there are 50 votes there. >> michael graham, if reconciliation was okay when the republicans had the majority, why isn't it okay now that the democrats have had the majority? >> i think steve did a good job explaining things that have been used in the past. i hope every democrat listens to my buddy bill press. do it like you did with the stimulus package which has a whopping 33% approval rating. you don't need republicans. jam it down america's throat. >> we'll be happy to take credit for fixing the economy and delivering healthcare without one republican vote, and we'll take that to the voters in 2010, and the party of no will lose again. >> jean cummings, let me ask you. is there a political downside if the democrats go down this road of reconciliation in the senate? they obviously don't have 60 votes, but they could g
leader harry reid says democrats have not reached any decisions just yet, but here is what he did say. quote, patience is not unlimited, and we are determined to get something done this year by any legislative means necessary. and today mitt romney, former massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, explained why he thinks the president is struggling to find a compromise on health care reform. >> if the president wants to get something done, he needs to put aside the extreme liberal wing of his party, work together with middle votes of his party, work with republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having the government take over insurance. >> but president obama says he still wants to negotiate with republicans. here is what he said a short time ago on the michael smerconish program. >> i'm confident we're going to get it done, and as far as negotiations with republicans, my attitude has always been let's see if we can get this done with some consensus. i would love to have more republicans engaged and involved in this process. >> adrielle is a report
the president is doing. >> i want the president, nancy pelosi, harry reid to keep the federal government out of my health care, period. >> when you turned 65, they're getting into your health care whether you like it or not. medicare is a government program. >> i want medicare to be privatized. it shouldn't be a government program. it's the thiching driving up health care costs, not that we don't have a public option. it's medicare, medicaid and s-chip. the government run programs that are running up health care costs. that's where the reform ought to be. >> so you want to get rid of what's known as hcfa and all that will government apparatus, replace it with private sector health care, with private sector insurance. >> amen. >> let me ask you this. you keep skipping over this birther thing. a half dozen members of what was your delegation, you built that delegation, you built that republican stronghold down there cull berson, people like that are birthers and raise the questions of the president's legitimacy. the implication is this guy ought to be picked up because he was never naturalize
senate majority leader -- that's a joke. i don't have one. senate majority leader harry reid's annual clean energy summit in las vegas took place. natural gas getting a lot more attention out there. even al gore seemed to acknowledge the inconvenient truth that we're going to need to embrace a fuel that's just less dirty before we can get clean. my take, let's hope what happens in vegas doesn't stay in vegas for a change. there may even be the political support to get nat gas through congress, oh, wow, among other things the bill that's on the table would require an extension of the existing credits for natural gas as a transportation fuel. it would provide a tax credit for the purchase of a nat gas vehicle, require half the vehicle the federal government purchases over the next couple years to be natural gas fueled. legislation would be used for clean energy fuels, largest chain of natural gas filling stations in the country. not to mention all the natural gas companies. if this gets past they're all going to be good. the big question i have is when the political winds change for for
they understand how complex and how much it could misfire? >> i think they are and i think certainly harry reid is cognizant of that. i'd be interested in your view, though. what i think i learned covering you, and i wish i had e-mail then because you were hard to get on the phone, was that senators and particularly senators involved in financial stuff, can sort of figure these things out and make it work and delay things and phase in different provisions to try to work out whatever they want to dor. so i'm a little skeptical that they can't do it this way. you tell me, can they make it happen? >> no, i agree with conrad. what happens is what they will do is raise a budget point of order saying, this provision of the bill right here involving health insurance reform on pre-existing conditions, which is absolutely critical to health care reform legislation, is irrelevant to the federal budget in the following ways. then you need 60 votes to overrule that point. so it will take 60 votes within reconciliation to include most of the things that people want included in the bill. and that's basically
are essentially working against themselves on this. party leadership like harry reid and the president himself need to say, listen, this is what we want and this is how we're going to get it. >> ron christie, you identified yourself as a health care expert. buddy, i'm all about it. i need to know if these co-ops have a life expectancy. do you think it has a pulse with the republican party? is it a viable way to go? >> i don't think it's a viable way to go. i think sam's analysis was pretty much spot-on. i don't think some of the versions we've heard about co-ops are going to have the buying power to make a significant difference. you want to talk about a way we can really have real health care reform right now, why don't we loosen those regulations that do not allow you to buy insurance across state lines. that would be one tangible, relatively easy thing for folks in congress to do to allow more people to have coverage. this public option or sense of a co-op i think is dead on arrival. senator conrad's right, they don't have the votes. the president needs to work with congress on behalf of th
for natural gas as a fuel. and the stocks were right. harry reid's summit turned into basically a natural gas love-fest. now i'm starting to see similar action with nuclear. shaw group, the infrastructure company that's been my favorite nuclear play, because building nuclear plants is a big part of its business, it makes up 61% of its order backlog. has been moving higher. even though its most recent quarter was disappointing. shaw group reported a 3% earnings miss and it lowered its earnings forecast on july 9th. but guess what? the stock is up 25% since then. what does that tell you? why? see, i think the market may be pricing in better prospects for the nuclear industry. we know that obama was willing to compromise. he added nuclear to the dubious climate change bill that the house of representatives passed and his energy secretary stephen choo has said that he's committed to starting the construction of new nuclear plants. something we haven't seen in this country in a generation. in addition to supporting a program to help finance new nukes. right now, shaw group has three nuclear projec
and more important than that, a 60th democratic vote in the snoot. why harry reid, the democratic leader in the united states senate has been calling for this, i think patrick and the democratic leaders will be able to get it done. >> so that would be the reason that the republicans might stand down on opposition on the understanding this would not be a five-month jump-start on the special election for whoever got appointed? does that -- and does that mean, then, it's more likely -- less likely to be the prosecutor from the infamous nanny case, martha coakley and more somebody like governor dukakis? >> yes, absolutely. if it were to be the attorney general coakley who wants to run, interested in running if john kerry won the presidency in 2004. very ambitious. that would scotch the deal right there. it would have to be somebody like mike dukakis, talked about a lot. certain historic justice from a democratic state to have a former democratic standard bearer take that job and mike dukakis policy is up on the issues, would be perfect for the job. that's the kind of person that would have t
. >> i don't trust pelosi. i don't trust harry reid. i don't trust steny hoyer. i don't trust barney frank. i want to see an accounting of the -- i want to see an accounting of the -- the -- the federal reserve. >> yeah, the bank bailouts. talk to me if you could about your experience yesterday. why did you feel the need to be as aggressive as you were? >> i was told that i -- i was told by arlen specter's people that there was going to be an open forum, and i would have at least five minutes of my time. i was guaranteed that i would get a chance to talk. and i get there at the meeting, and i am sitting there, and 30 cards were handed out to people to write down questions and ask questions. 30 cards were handed out. and, i mean, i have never been at a meeting before. what was i doing there if i was not going to be ask any questions? i mean, it was useless to be there. so i got up to leave -- i got up to leave and some bruiser grabs me, tells me to sit down, and he had no right to tell me to sit down when i am trying to leave. i am trying to leave and all of a sudden i am swarmed by p
to drive the car. not sit in the back seat while nancy pelosi and harry reid drove the car. they want barack obama to get behind the wheel and drive the car. >> that's the damnedest thing. i asked why this happened. he had his plan. nancy said no. he deferred on that, cap and trade, health care. why is he deferring on all these huge issues that are, again, defining his presidency. >> joe, i think the reason is -- the reason i think, joe, it's his character. it's not a bad character. there's a certain diffidence, if you will. the other anti-thesis of lbj hands on, getting into this amendment, that amendment. i think he naturally defers. i'm the commander. let them carry these things out. i think, joe, what has happened, in middle america people say give this guy a shot. this may represent really change, this may be something different of the conclusion is c c congeeling these are the same old tax and spend democrats as before. >> he's done too much campaigning at 10,000 feet. he needs to kind of get down and do the sort of get dirty. >> here is the metaphor, life and politics and being
, and harry reid has it and under president obama's direction, will use it. in this reconciliation, it's a tool, legal, part of the senate rules, you lower the vote from 60 to 50. now, people are saying on, you can't get enough stuff in there. you can get 80% to 90% of a health care plan in there. the other 10%, 20%, you can legislate inkra mentally. that's easy to do. republican reconciliation will be the vehicle they will use to pass this plan. again, another contrast to 2003, the prescription drug plan, so seniors have affordable access to plans, the far right didn't like it, the left didn't like it, i was in the middle and we pulled the group together and passed it with 60 votes. it can be done if you say we're gb going to listen to everybody. once you say we're going to cram it through with 50 votes, you can only get 50 votes and there's the risk of a big backlash. >> the senator's going to be with us for the rest of the program. we have a lot to talk about, not only with health care but also how we're seeing this ripple through the system and the markets as well. he'll be with us
there. >> is that in fact -- does that force nancy pelosi to call people's tactics un-american or harry reid to say people are evil if you don't do -- what i found is if i have a sane conversation with a democrat on health care and we don't scream, i get off and get all this hateful e-mail saying basically, you're marching people to death camps, staring at hitler and didn't say anything. >> this piece right here is a lot of democrats and even republicans look off and try to be respectful, people don't cover it, doesn't make good television. when he pushes back and a lot of people are waiting for democrats to push back all of a sudden, yes, we're excited to see that. people say it's a pushback and now it's out there, what planet are you from? people will pick this up, you talk against health care, what planet are you from? >> the sad thing is we're showing this lady's face for being reckless and irresponsible and dredging something up out of the internet and spitting it up. we do that because of barney frank's response. is mike here? >> let you weigh in on this. >> mike is there. >> i th
. majority leader harry reid has announced a final vote on the nomination will have then thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. eastern. wednesday speakers included samet terse mel martinez, kit bond, john cornyn, al franken and a group of women senators. >> senator of minnesota is recognized. >> thank you, mr. president. thank you, mr. chairman for those remarks on behalf of judge sonia sotomayor for a very strong nominee. s chairman of the senate judiciary committee i want to thank you and senator sessions for the way you conducted the confirmation hearing, the dignity shown to the nominee in that hearing. i think that was very important to the process. we may not have agreed with the conclusions some of the colleagues reached but no one can argue it was conducted with great dignity. today i will be speaking in support of judge sotomayor's nomination but first i am going to be joined by several of my esteemed fellow women senators including senator shaheen of new hampshire who is here already. senator stabenow of michigan, senator jalabert and from new york and senator murray of washington state. w
now is harry reid from nevada and number one on the republican side is mitchell mcdonnell and his number two is robert bennett from utah. dick durbin from lynn's home state from illinois, it's actually unusual for a big state senator to actually have like a huge impact player in the senate because usually it's smaller and moderate size to get the power. >> sure. but does that variable play into a conversation about health care reform which is a 305 million person problem ultimately, particularly for both health care and the economics of providing that health care, does a model like this, is a model like this ill-suited to deal with a problem like health care, i guess? >> yes, this is when -- >> lynn, go ahead, first. >> when you have an each panel, it's hard to make a decision to get something done. i think it's asking for consensus troo early in the process by the small number of people when you have all of these issues swirling around you. that's -- you know, this is the issue management problem for the obama white house right now. on the other hand, it sounds very reasonable, d
has been signing bills that nancy pelosi ex harry reid crafted. he has to find the center domestically. he is nowhere near there. i know the left like hearing that. it's the reality. >> and you i talked a couple months ago where this man, he will get a republican congress in 2010, and they will pound him from the right and he will go towards the middle. the congress now is yanking him left. it doesn't yield the kind of policy americans will readily support. >> i have to say this, and then we have to go to news. it saved bill clinton, having a republican congress. if you look at george w. bush, a man that did not veto a single spending bill while republicans ran washington, and a man that listened to nobody on foreign policy but himself, his inner voice while republicans ran washington, the second democrat took control, he fired donald rumsfeld, and talked about spending. george w. bush needed a democratic congress, every bit as much as obama needed a republican congress to balance it out. when bush got rid of rumsfeld, he brought in robert gates. he listened to condoleezza rice more. t
on the democratic side, for president obama to say harry reid, you should not call americans evil. and for michael steele to say sarah palin, and newt gingrich, cut the death panel talk. >> yeah, and there is so much junk out there, and let's put this in quotes, the responsible voices with platforms, nothing to hold back the dam. right now you do get the feeling the little guy with the thumb in the dik here. >> and i do believe it's 85% of the country are turned off by the extremists. mika, at least that's what i hear when i go up. i get democrats saying thank you all the time. i have conservatives saying thank you, we are having a rational discussion. i think we have the crazies out numbered. >> before you go, we lost don hewitt last week. >> yeah, and he was beyond influential, and created and revolutionalized the news. what he really did at "60 minutes," people say he brought entertainment into television. he brought news, journalism into television magazine, and he was the funnest guy you could work for in a million years. i am shocked he died. the last time i spoke to him on the phone, he sai
landing planes, even nancy pelosi, harry reid and barack obama will be elderly some day. >> pat buchanan, i wanted to ask you because sarah palin -- you've followed sarah palin's ark closely. again, something that sarah palin is not helping herself here, talking about these death panels, about how barack obama's plan could lead to the death of little trig. that's not helpful to her on the cause, is it? >> it's not only tough, it is impossible to defend. it's got nothing to do 0 with children. there have been good, frankly, good columns that end of life thing, these professional physician counselors. charles lane had one i think it was saturday in "the washington post" which i thought was excellent and there's no doubt that, look, they are going to cut back benefits, prescription drugs, things like that to some extent for the elderly because all the expenses come in the last six months of life and these are going to have to be cut back. that's what you're seeing that lady, a 74-year-old cancer patient, you're seeing all that concern. that's one of the driving forces, parents and about the
leader harry reid. . . the agency's ignore the their marks at their peril because the appropriations committees make it very clear that if they don't fund the earmarked they will cut their budget the following year. that was literally what happened when citizens against government waste first of the -- started looking at here marks in 1989/1988. the head of the office of management and budget listed all of the unauthorid programs and projects that were in the propriations bills and technically should not be funded by the administration. he got some phone calls and a letter from the appropriations committee chairman saying if you ever come up with such a list again we will cut your budget in half. ey can't cut our budget because he was working with us for much of that time. we decided they can't do anything to citizens against government waste so we will take up this effort and a few years later in 1991 we did issue the first congressional takeover we give out anchor awards, leave these big books in our newsletter in the backs and see what the organization has done. this year in parti
democrats talk about a go it alone approach, harry reid says he still prefers a bipartisan deal, but added, patience is not unlimited. >>> and there's the hanging question -- is the white house willing to pass reform without a public option? what would that look like? "american morning" jim acosta is in boston where people may already know the answer to that question. and they're imminently familiar -- >> that's right. >> with universal health care. morning, jim. >> that's correct, john. you're right. earlier this week, as you know, the white house took a lot of heat from democrats when it seemed to back away from the public option in the plans for health care reform. what does reform look like without a public option? according to health care experts, it looks a lot like romney care. >> reporter: if washington wants to reform health care with bipartisan support, consider what former republican presidential candidate mitt romney did as governor in democratic massachusetts. >> you don't have to have a public option. you don't have to have government get in the insurance business to make it
in a very much in the mood to worry about the insurance industry. the five harry reid on the warpath against insurance companies in an attempt to garner support for the healthcare plan. but just how accurate is he really being there. we found that the profits from the top ten companies actually dropped in fact, by almost 1/3 from 2007-2008. to help us sort this out as governor mike huckabee, host of huckabee here on fox news channel. >> mike: good morning. >> dave: the polls were not going well become the enemy. it is the insurance industry, who does make a lot of money, but they are not the enemy are they? spee10, they are not the enemy. the fact is that defined a demon. george w. bush was the demon for a while and that got old. they tried to blame the republicans. then someone reminded them they have majorities in the house and senate. it wasn't the republicans fault. so they said let's go to the insurance companies. i'm not here to defend the insurance companies, but i'm not going to attack them. here's the point. ensures copies are a business. they are in business to make money. and if t
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